Poor car crash test data linked to women’s higher risk for injury

| Aug 9, 2019 | Car Wrecks |

Drivers in Mississippi may be surprised to hear that women run a higher risk than men of being seriously hurt or killed in a car crash. Much has been written about this trend since as far back as 2011, and there seem to be at least two reasons behind it.

One has to do with the standard restraining device not giving women the maximum protection. This is on account of women’s short stature, their seating posture and other factors. Seat belts simply have not been designed with women in mind. Secondly, this failure to take women’s differences into account can be seen in the crash testing that car manufacturers perform.

This was the conclusion of a study from the University of Virginia. Biomechanical factors, such as differences in fat distribution and pelvis shape, are not reflected in female crash dummies. These dummies, which were introduced in 2003, do not represent the average woman: They are 5 feet tall and weigh 110 pounds. Besides that, they are not used as frequently as the male crash dummies in the majority of testing.

Scientists at the University of Virginia have measured the injury risk for both sexes and found that women are 73% more likely to be seriously injured or killed. Safety advocates say that automakers need to address this imperfection in their testing.

It is debatable whether an automaker can be held liable for one’s injuries because of ineffective seat belts. However, if a negligent driver caused the car crash, an injured plaintiff will likely have a more straightforward case. Someone who intends to file a third-party insurance claim may want to consult with an attorney beforehand. The attorney may even negotiate on their behalf for a settlement.